​Oneida County History Center

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Telethon raises over $29,000!


The Oneida County History Center raised over $29,000 during its 14th annual telethon held on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 pm. The telethon was broadcast live on WUTR-TV from the History Center’s main gallery and encouraged community members and organizations to call in and pledge; $29,326 in new memberships, membership renewals, and donations were received, exceeding the 2019 goal of $25,000.  Thank you to the many individuals and organizations who showed their support. 


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Welcome to the oneida county history center, preserving history and promoting the culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley since 1876

Now on display!

HERstory celebrates 130 years of YWCA Mohawk Valley History in vintage photographs, scrapbooks, and artifacts.  On display during Women's History Month March 5-31, 2019.
Saturday, April 20 at 1:00 pm - Adirondack Lumber Camp Songs

Folk artists Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle present Adirondack Lumber Camp Songs. The acoustic duo will sing and play historic songs traditionally performed by lumberjacks in the 1800s logging camps of the Adirondack Mountains. This musical program also includes interesting narrative about this charming, and tough, work era in upstate New York.  Free and family friendly
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Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 pm - St. David’s Society Welsh Heritage Day

Celebrate Welsh heritage and history with the St. David’s Society of Utica.  This hour long program includes a history presentation on Welsh settlement in Oneida County and Northern NY, Welsh folk tunes performed on harp, flute, and mandolin by  Peggy and Tim Behrendt, displays featuring clothing, newspapers, and other Welsh material culture, plus genealogy tips and Welsh deserts. Free!

Saturday, May 4 at 1:00 pm - The Loomis Family


Bob Loomis, descendant of Amos Plumb Loomis, will share the history of one of the Mohawk Valley’s most notorious families, the Loomises. Amos and his five brothers terrorized residents of Oneida and Madison counties as part of the Loomis Gang from the 1840s to the 1870s stealing horses, burning barns, and committing other crimes. Free!

Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 pm - Edelweiss Schuhplattlers of the Utica Maennerchor


Experience your local heritage and culture through dance and come see the Edelweiss Schuhplattlers of the Utica Maennerchor. This German/Austrian folk dance group consists of children, teens, and adults who will perform several traditional dances in the OCHC gallery. Free and family friendly!

Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 am- Mohawk Valley Veterans’ History Symposium

This history symposium features lectures and panel discussions that explore local contributions to our nation’s military history and honor Mohawk Valley veterans from the World War I to present day. Details & cost TBA.

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Hours of Operation

Research Library, Exhibits, Bookstore

Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am- 2:00 pm

Other Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, June 5 at 5:30 pm - Bean Pickers: American Immigrant Portraits


​Wednesday, June 12 at 5:30 pm- Safe Travels


Wednesday, June 19 at 5:30 pm- Book Signing: Delta (Echos of New York)